World View: Syria Talks Collapse, Putting U.S. Military Action Back on Table
This morning's key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com
- Mediator Brahimi blames collapse of Syria talks on al-Assad regime
- Collapse of Syria talks puts U.S. military action back on the table
- Indonesia on the alert for jihadists returning from Syria
Mediator Brahimi blames collapse of Syria talks on al-Assad regime
Lakhdar Brahimi on Saturday (Fars)
It's not a surprise to anyone, but the Syria "Geneva II peace talks"
officially collapsed on Saturday, with no date set for future "peace
United Nations envoy Lakhdar Brahimi uncharacteristically assigned
blame for the collapse, apparently to the Syrian regime of Bashar
al-Assad. He seemed close to tears as he announced:
"I'm very very sorry and I apologize to the Syrian
people -- that their hopes which were very very high, that
something will happen here -- I think that the little that has
been achieved in Homs gave them even more hope. ... I apologize
to them that these two rounds have not helped them very much. ...
Unfortunately, the government have refused, which raises the
suspicion of the opposition that in fact the government doesn't
want to discuss peace at all. ...
My message to those who are concerned in the crisis in Syria to
think of the Syrian people and their huge suffering which was
imposed on them."
The two sides were unable to agree to an agenda for continuing the
talks. The earlier peace talks in Geneva in June 2012, and now called
"Geneva I," called for an end to the Syrian civil war by the
resignation of president Bashar al-Assad, and instituting a new
transitional governing body with members from the former al-Assad
government, as well as members from the opposition.
The al-Assad regime wanted no part of that discussion, but only wants
to discuss "terrorism," referring to the jihadists in Syria. So
Brahimi came up with a kind of compromise: The Geneva II peace talks
would discuss "terrorism" on day 1, then discuss the "transitional
governing body" on day 2, and alternate between the two topics on
Well, the al-Assad regime refused to even discuss the "transitional
government body," and his spokesman said that the terrorism problem
has to be completely solved and agreed by all sides "with a common
vision," before any other topic could be even discussed. According to
reporters, the opposition were willing to be flexible and discuss all
issues, but the al-Assad regime refused to discuss anything but their
chosen topic. This is what led to Brahimi's statement,
"Unfortunately, the government have refused, which raises the
suspicion of the opposition that in fact the government doesn't want
to discuss peace at all."
According to Brahimi, a third round of talks was planned, but no date
was set. The agenda for the third round will be:
AFP and BBC
- Violence and terrorism
- A transitional governing body
- National institutions
- National reconciliation
Collapse of Syria talks puts U.S. military action back on the table
The farcical nature of the "Geneva II peace conference," and its
inevitable collapse, while Syria's genocidal monster president Bashar
al-Assad continues to drop barrel bombs on innocent women and
children, is causing renewed debate in Washington over military action
The parameters of this debate are as follows:
If a U.S. missile attack on Syria is approved, then the choice of
targets would be as follows, according to Joint Chiefs of Staff
Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey:
- If al-Assad launched a second chemical weapons attack against
his own people, then there could be a military attack.
- There are no plans for American "boots on the ground," though it's
a possibility in some scenarios such as, for example, al-Assad's
chemical weapons fall into the hands of al-Nusra.
- U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel suggest that Russia may have
supplied Syria with chemical weapons or, at least, the military
equipment used to support al-Assad's chemical weapons program.
- The majority of members of Congress are still opposed to military
action under any circumstances.
- First, targets "directly linked to the control of chemical
weapons but without exposing those chemical weapons to a loss of
- "Secondly, [targets that involve] the means of delivery."
- And the third [group of targets include] those things that the
regime uses -- for example, air defense, long-range missiles and
rockets -- in order to protect those chemical weapons or, in some
cases, deliver them.
Indonesia on the alert for jihadists returning from Syria
As we've been saying repeatedly for months, the war crimes
being committed by Syria's president Bashar al-Assad, and
by Russia's president Vladimir Putin for supplying weapons
to al-Assad, have made Syria the magnet for jihadists from
countries around the world.
In Indonesia, the terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) was
responsible for the horrendous Bali bombings in 2002, but in recent
years, JI has become ineffectual. Now it's believed that doesn't of
fighters have gone to Syria for training and experience, and now are
returning. "The danger remains that fighters returning from Syria
could infuse new energy into Indonesia's weak and ineffectual jihadi
movement," according to an Indonesian report. Central Asia Online
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